Leap Into Literacy Kindergarten
CONCEPTS ABOUT PRINT
Emergent Literacy Concepts:
Marie Clay once stated, "Early in literacy learning children must discover something about the arbitrary conventions we have for putting the language we speak into printed form."
Here are those conventions that children must understand:
- Top to Bottom
- Front to Back
- Left to Right
- First and Last
- Return Sweep
- Print holds the Message
- Differentiation between Print and Pictures
- Upper Case
- Difference between a letter and a word
- One to one matching
- Concept of a Period
How Teachers Support CAP:
How Parents Support CAP:
To help direct your child's attention to the print in a book, parents can focus on:
- The meaning of the print. This includes pointing out specific words within a book and drawing the child's attention to the print. For example, "Here are the penguin's words. He says, thank you."
- The organization of the book and print, which includes understanding the way pages are read, the role of the author, and print direction. For example, "I am going to read this page first and then this page over here next." Or "This is the top of the page. This is where I begin reading."
- The letters, which includes helping your child know that letters come in uppercase and lowercase, and helping your child learn the names of each letter. For example, "This M in the red block is an uppercase letter. See how this uppercase letter is bigger than these lowercase letters?"
- The words, which includes helping your child recognize some written words, and the match between spoken words and written words. For example, "Let's point to each word as I read it. Ready?"
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